Week 7 Monday Night Football is the battle between the top two teams in the always crazy NFC East. Washington travels to Philadelphia to take on Carson Wentz and the first-place Eagles. With the help of Remarkable! let’s take a look at this fierce rivalry…
When Kirk Cousins goes, this whole offense goes. Cousins has the third best passer rating on the season (106.4) and he’s succeeded with the long ball. The Washington quarterback has completed passes for 20+ yards on 19 of his 158 total passing attempts (12.0 percent) this season, second best among QBs (League Avg: 8.6 percent).
While Cousins is important under center, Chris Thompson is a playmaker in the backfield. This season, Thompson has:
- Averaged 9.8 All Purpose Yards per Touch (549 APY / 56 Touches) (best of 36 Qualified RBs in NFL; League Avg: 5.2).
- Averaged 18.4 Yards per Reception (295 yards/16 catches) when his QB has not been under pressure (best of 45 Qualified RBs in NFL; League Avg: 8.1).
Thompson shares the running game with Rob Kelley. Kelley has missed time this year, but when healthy he averages 4.5 yards per attempt. Thompson seems to have vaulted into the number one RB role, but Kelley will likely get some touches on Monday Night.
Defensively, Washington has been strong through six weeks. In the fourth quarter, Redskins linebackers and defensive backs have not missed a tackle, best in NFL. Also, the defense has hit opposing QBs on 11.2 percent of dropbacks this season, second best among defenses (League Avg: 8.8 percent). Opponents are averaging 21.6 carries per game (108 carries/five games) against them this season, third lowest, and the defense has allowed 436 rushing yards this season, fourth fewest.
Carson Wentz has yet to eclipse 300 yards in a game, but he’s been within five yards on three separate occasions this season. Wentz is the best on the most important down – third down. The Eagles QB has a passer rating of 130.5 on third down (63 pass attempts) this season, best among QBs (League Avg: 83.5). One of his favorite targets is his big tight end, Zach Ertz. This season, Ertz has:
- Been targeted 8.8 times per game (53/6) this season (highest of 30 Qualified TEs in NFL; League Avg: 3.2).
- Averaged 67.5 Receiving Yards per game (405/6) this season (2nd best of 30 Qualified TEs in NFL; League Avg: 23.1).
- 22 first down receptions this season (most among TEs in NFL).
Wentz and Ertz are important pieces to the Eagles puzzle, but LeGarrette Blount is the strong backfield presence. The first-year Eagle has averaged 5.6 yards per carry (390 yards/70 carries) this season, third best among RBs (League Avg: 4.1). He’s rushed for 10 or more yards on 11 of his 70 carries (15.7 percent) this season, third best (League Avg: 9.6 percent).
The offense has been strong for this 5-1 team, but the defense has struggled through six weeks. The Eagles defense has allowed 8.1 yards from scrimmage per touch (2,128 yards/262 touches) this season, fifth worst in NFL (League Avg: 7.3). Despite allowing the least amount of rushing yards, the defense has allowed four rushing TDs on just 105 carries (26.2 carries per TD) this season, fourth worst (League Avg: 37.8). In the second half, Philadelphia defense has allowed 13.5 points per game (81/6) this season, tied for fourth worst (League Avg: 11.0).
Will the Eagles and their high flying offense soar past Washington? Will Cousins lead a second half comeback against the Eagles? Tune in tonight!
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